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SonicBlue, Intel At Work On Handheld Player

10 Sep, 2002 By: Hive News

SonicBlue Inc. and Intel Corp. have teamed to develop the ReplayTVPortable Video Player (PVP), a new handheld player the companies plan to have on the market next year.

The pocket-sized player will combine Intel processors with SonicBlue's ReplayTV personal video recorder (PVR) platform to let users watch time-shifted television programs transferred from their SonicBlue ReplayTV, as well as play other video, audio and view photos transferred from a PC.

Intel will provide key technology building blocks, including Intel XScale technology-based processors and advanced video codecs developed by Intel's Emerging Platforms Lab. Intel will also supply a reference implementation of a PVP device. SonicBlue will combine Intel's technologies with its knowledge of digital entertainment to create a final product that enhances SonicBlue's ReplayTV line.

"Our customers have been saying for years that once they get a ReplayTV they hate to watch TV without one," said Dr. Nikhil Balram, VP, Connected Home Products at SonicBlue. "The next logical step for us was to create a portable version, and working with Intel was a natural fit. Expanding upon their technology will allow us to accelerate our typical development time and reach our customers faster."

SonicBlue's PVP will house a large capacity hard drive and support multiple audio and video formats, including native ReplayTV files, so recorded television content can be transferred directly from ReplayTV set-top boxes for portable enjoyment. The SonicBlue ReplayTV PVP will also connect to a PC so that users can transfer and play personal, MP3 and other commercially available multimedia content from their PC. The high-performance and low power consumption of the Intel XScale technology-based processors will enable users to enjoy high-quality video for several hours without recharging the battery.

"Intel XScale technology provides a great engine to power mobile multimedia devices such as PVPs," said Shane Wall, general manager of Intel's Emerging Platforms Lab. "The combination of our technologies with SONICblue's expertise in digital entertainment will deliver products that offer a great, new experience in portable entertainment."

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